2022 AMI Online Salon

Influx! A board game for in-hospital interprofessional disaster preparedness and response

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Noelle Burgess
  • Other Contributors Jamie Peterson, Anna Schwengel
  • Client: Deborah Schwengel, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Copyright: Credit: Noelle Burgess / © JHU, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: print – board game
  • Primary Audience: hospital employees

Project Description

During a complex Mass Casualty Incident (MCI), demand for space, staff, and supplies quickly expands beyond the bounds of Emergency Departments (ED). Although many training tools exist for both the field and ED, surprisingly few exist for hospital-wide disaster response. The mission of this project was to create an accessible, cost-effective, game-based training tool specifically for intra-hospital personnel. The desired outcome of this training game was to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of intra-hospital disaster response for MCI.  The blue and green color palette used in the graphic design was chosen to be reminiscent of typical hospital scrub and sanitary cloth colors used in surgical settings. Red, orange, and yellow accent colors were chosen to add visual interest and be evocative of the need for urgency in the simulated emergency setting. The age, injury type, and injury severity of characters within triage cards were chosen to correlate with Florida Department of Health guidance on Hospital Medical Surge Planning for Mass Casualty Incidents. Characters on triage and role cards were intentionally chosen to be as diverse in ethnicity as their real-life counterparts in the U.S. healthcare system.